Dr Awol Allo

Title: Lecturer
Phone: +44(0)1782 733220
Email: a.k.allo@keele.ac.uk
Location: Chancellor's Building, room CBC1.007
Role: Keele Law School Mooting Coordinator
Social Justice and Human Rights Research Cluster Coordinator
Research Committee Member
Contacting me: Office hours Mon 10-11am & Wed 3.30–4.30pm
or email to make an appointment
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Dr. Awol Allo joined Keele University as Lecturer in Law in 2016. Prior to joining Keele Law School, Dr. Allo taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He holds degrees from Addis Ababa University (LLB), University of Notre Dame (LLM), and the University of Glasgow (PhD).

Dr. Allo's research interests are in the areas of human rights and social justice broadly conceived and draws on a wide-range of fields including the sociology of law, socio-legal studies, critical social and legal theory, and post-colonial perspectives. Allo uses these intellectual resources as a conceptual apparatus and interpretive instruments to explore the conditions of possibility for progressive change and transformation.

One strand of this research examined the idea of the courtroom as a site for resistant thought and action.

Dr. Allo is also interested in understanding and explaining how law constitutes and regulates the social world by observing how its discourses, practices, and institutions operate in the real world and generate social and political effects. His scholarship examines empirical data - court files, trial transcripts, and historical archives – to describe and explain the behaviour of legal actors.

His forthcoming monograph, Law and Resistance: Toward a Performative Epistemology of the Political Trial is a genealogical enquiry into law’s conditions of possibility for progressive change and transformation. Drawing on the works of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Judith Butler, the monograph explores the tension between the normative and the performative dimensions of law and argues that the normative in law is merely a metaphysical placeholder for the performative. Questioning the kinds of logic, the forms of rationality and modes of reasoning with which law constitutes and regulates the social world, the project brings sociological inquiry into the orbit of law and legality.

Dr. Allo is the editor of The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance: Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial, published by Ashgate in 2015. The book is both a celebration and a reflection: a celebration of the life and struggle of the man who led South Africa's long walk to freedom, Nelson Mandela, and a reflection on the spatial dimension of resistance and struggle in the courtroom. Through an engagement with Mandela’s compelling deployment of law both as a sword and a shield, leading social theorists from Africa, Europe and the United States join forces to address the multifaceted functions of trials.

Selected Publications

  • Allo AK. Protests, Terrorism, and Development: On Ethiopia’s State of Emergency. Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal.
  • Allo AK. 2016. Marwan Barghouti in Tel Aviv: Occupation, Terrorism, and Resistance in the Courtroom. Social and Legal Studies: an international journal. doi>
  • Allo AK. 2016. The Courtroom as a Site of Epistemic Resistance: Mandela at Rivonia. Law, Culture and the Humanities. doi>
  • Allo AK. 2016. ‘Black Man in a White Man’s Court’: Performative Genealogies in the Courtroom. In The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial. Routledge.
  • Allo A. 2016. The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial. Routledge.

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Allo A. 2016. The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial. Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Allo AK. Protests, Terrorism, and Development: On Ethiopia’s State of Emergency. Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal.
  • Allo AK. 2016. Marwan Barghouti in Tel Aviv: Occupation, Terrorism, and Resistance in the Courtroom. Social and Legal Studies: an international journal. doi>
  • Allo AK. 2016. The Courtroom as a Site of Epistemic Resistance: Mandela at Rivonia. Law, Culture and the Humanities. doi>
  • Allo AK. Law and the Stranger by Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey. New Criminal Law Review: an international and interdisciplinary journal. doi>
  • Allo AK. Spectacles of Illegality: Mapping Ethiopia’s Show Trials. African Identities. doi>

Chapters

  • Allo AK. 2016. ‘Black Man in a White Man’s Court’: Performative Genealogies in the Courtroom. In The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial. Routledge.
  • Allo AK. 2016. The Courtroom as Space of Resistance. In The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial. Routledge.

Other

  • Allo AK. “The blood flowing in Oromia is our blood too”: Why Oromo-Amhara solidarity is the greatest threat to the Ethiopian government. link>
  • Allo AK. Ethiopia politicizes courts to strangle dissent. link>
  • Allo AK. Ethiopia: Where conscience is constantly on trial. link>
  • Allo AK. Ethiopia’s unprecedented nationwide Oromo protests: who, what, why?. link>
  • Allo AK. Ethiopia's 'jihadi' film and its boomerang effects. link>
  • Allo AK. Ethiopia's Meles Zenawi: Legacies, memories, histories. link>
  • Allo AK. Feyisa Lelisa's Olympic gesture is an appeal to global public conscience. link>
  • Allo AK. Fifty years after Selma, whiteness still reigns supreme. link>
  • Allo AK. Nelson Mandela’s ‘I Am Prepared To Die’ speech fifty years on. link>
  • Allo AK. Oromo protests: Why US must stop enabling Ethiopia. link>
  • Allo AK. Oromo struggle: Memories of an Atrocity. link>
  • Allo AK. Protestors in Ethiopia Reject Authoritarian Development Model. link>
  • Allo AK. Redefining protest in Ethiopia: what happens to the 'terror' narrative when Muslims call for a secular state?. link>
  • Allo AK. The 'Ethiopia rising' narrative and the Oromo protests. link>
  • Allo AK. The Oromo protests have changed Ethiopia. link>
  • Allo AK. The Poetics and Politics of Oromo Resistance. link>
  • Allo AK. The 'politics' in Ethiopia's political trials. link>
  • Allo AK. The politics of Mohammed Morsi's trial. link>

Undergraduate:

  • Introduction to International Human Rights Law (Module leader)
  • Introduction to Public International Law

Postgraduate:

  • Foundations of International Law
  • Advanced International Law
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • International Humanitarian Law (Module leader)
  • Human Rights, Globalisation, and Justice